State says it may resort to layoffs

If a measure to entice 4,500 state employees to retire early doesn’t work, there will be layoffs, the state’s budget chief said.

BOSTON Ñ 2/27/2015: An ice dam forms along the walls of Church of the Covenant on Newbury Street. Temperatures remain below average for the month of February. (Sean Proctor/Globe Staff)

Boston close to breaking snowfall record

Today’s snowstorm could push the city’s total to match, or beat, a record 107.6 inches set in the winter of 1995-96.

Many Bostonians say they plan to keep their savers right where they are. Pictured: A spave saver on Columbia Road in South Boston.

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

Some Bostonians ready to defy space-saver removal

With more snow on the way, many residents are putting their foot down despite the city’s intention to remove space holders Monday.

Skyhook alleges that Google illegally used its technology that employs Wi-Fi signals to calculate the locations of millions of smartphones and tablets.

Skyhook patent cases against Google nears trial

The Boston company alleges Google used its technology employing Wi-Fi signals to calculate the locations of smartphones.

Woman shot in bed in her Lowell home

A 38-year-old woman was in critical condition after she was shot early Sunday morning by assailants who were targeting someone else, officials said.

Boston’s skyline slated for changes like never before

Boston is in the midst of a building spree whose enormity, pace, and geographic sweep are redefining the city’s appearance.

State Police officers and family members gathered in Cambridge Sunday on the 20th anniversary of a helicopter crash that took the lives of two troopers and two telephone company technicians.

State Police honor four who died in helicopter crash 20 years ago

About 50 troopers, family members, and friends gathered at the site of the crash in Cambridge Sunday.

Seth Bock at his Rhode Island medical marijuana center.

Stew Milne for The Boston Globe

Medical marijuana dispensaries gear up

For dispensaries, it’s never as easy as sticking a few seeds in the ground and watching the plants, and profits, grow.

BOB RYAN

Why do media need to talk to athletes?

The leverage belongs to the athlete. If someone doesn’t want to talk, there is nothing anyone can do.

Families

‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ author opening a Plainville bookstore

Jeff Kinney will take a gamble and launch his Massachusetts retail experiment this summer.

opinion | Michael A. Cohen

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To attend would legitimize Boehner and Netanyahu’s actions and give a boost to the Israeli prime minister’s reelection effort.

A worker stripped down a circuit board at a recycling company in Berlin. Computers, among other devices, depend on some of Earth’s rarest metals.

Sean Gallup/Getty Images/file 2011

The earth’s rarest metals, and why we need them

A chemist on the high-demand, low-supply elements behind our technology.

The US Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C.

Was quantitative easing best way to boost US economy?

The Fed pumped trillions into the economy, yet there still are many unknowns about the strategy.

ANDY WARHOL

Converse launches artistic ad campaign

The Mass.-based company will showcase how Chuck Taylors worn by creative types became a medium for self-expression.

High School Hockey

Super 8 first round openers pack a punch

Check out all of the Globe’s coverage from the opening games of the Super 8 first round.

The Big Picture

Toru Hanai/Reuters

Roll out the barrels

As demand for oil rises, photographers worldwide document how the barrels are used once the fuel is gone.